But I can't imagine it's any worse than the first in the critically lauded "Lord of the Rings" series, which, if I recall correctly, ends abruptly with someone getting into a canoe. I went to see that with my parents. I figured they knew what to expect, since I had read the books as a kid and was quite into them. Yet, when the screen went black and people started to stand up and leave, my mom looked at me incredulously. "Directed by Peter Jackson?" she shreiked. "What the hell kind of ending was that?" I had to explain, three books, three films. She had honestly expected that the whole saga would be wrapped up all in one. I told her in that case, it would be a 10 hour movie. She still felt cheated. But she saw the other two.